Nottm Forest 1 Coventry 1

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Last updated : 21 January 2003

The visitors stole a point in the 87th minute following a mistake from a young Scottish international Chris Doig.

The home side had made a promising start considering their most experienced player, Des Walker, came off after only two minutes with a thigh strain that has kept him out for the last two games.

Forest should have taken the lead as early as the third minute when David Prutton's shot was well saved by Morten Hyldgaard.

Forest's missed chances were going to cost them dearly. Andrew Reid shot over from ten yards when it looked easier to score.

The home side took the lead on 33 minutes when Marlon Harewood and Craig Westcarr played a one-two in the visitors box and then collided leaving Gareth Williams to smash the ball home from ten yards.

The young Scottish international was ecstatic at scoring his first senior goal for Forest.

The second half started as it finished with the home side well in control.

As early as the 48th minute in the second half Westcarr and Harewood combined in a smart move at the edge of the visitors box.

The new young forward for Forest was clean through on goal and rounded Hyldgaard, who blatantly brought the Forest forward down.

But credit must go to David Johnson's stand-in, Westcarr, as he didn't appeal for a penalty, but tried to slot the ball home from five yards and missed the target.

That was one of many talking points in this game.

Young Michael Dawson tried to stretch Paul Hart's men further ahead when his header hit the crossbar from a Reid corner.

Lady luck was not on Forest's side today as young Westcarr then had what seemed a perfectly good goal disallowed.

Gary McAllister's resilient Sky Blues got out of jail when Juan Sara came on as a substitute to level the scores in the 86th minute.

A mistake by Doig allowed the Argentinian to score his first goal for the visitors. He got the ball at the edge of the box, rounded Darren Ward and slotted the ball home to equalise.

Paul Hart, the Forest manager, said after the game: "I've been in football a long time and this is the most one-sided game I have ever seen.

"We hit the woodwork twice, had a penalty decision go against us. This was a 1-1 hammering."Hart went on to say that he was pleased with Westcarr's performance and said that he tore experienced players apart.

The Forest manager was pleased that his young side had carried on the same performance from their unlucky FA Cup defeat at West Ham and he believes that youth is the way forward.

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